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Andrew Napolitano Explains The Supreme Court’s Worst Decisions

The following post originally appeared on the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s website. It is based on a conversation the Institute had with Judge Andrew Napolitano about the Constitution and the American political system. Mises Institute: Why is understanding constitutional law and its history important? The text of the document is pretty short, so can’t we […]

Organizations, Activists Lining Up To Sue Against NSA Surveillance

This post originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website on Sept. 10. Five new groups—including civil-rights lawyers, medical-privacy advocates and Jewish social-justice activists—have joined a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the National Security Agency (NSA) over the unconstitutional collection of bulk telephone call records. With today’s amended complaint, EFF now […]

Court Rules White House Visitor Log Exempt From Freedom Of Information Requests

Court Rules White House Visitor Log Exempt From Freedom Of Information Requests

A three-judge panel for the Washington, D.C. Judicial Circuit has issued a summary judgment that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not apply to requests for Secret Service logs that track recent visitors to the White House.

Motive And Intent Irrelevant: State Of Oregon Attacks 


(US~Observer) Linn County, Oregon — In 2007, when the stock market was going south on investors, registered investment adviser (RIA) Randy Gray and his partner, Scott Whitney, ran a successful business named ZurCrowner. Gray mainly handled investors, while Whitney conducted certified public accounting (CPA) for the partnership.

Whitney was also the CPA for Albany, Ore., general contractor Derek Dunmyer of Absolute General Contracting, Inc. (Absolute). Unbeknownst to Gray, Whitney was conducting business (loans, etc.) outside of ZurCrowner with Dunmyer and needed financial reprieve. Because of the miserable stock market performance, Gray knew several ZurCrowner clients wanted to diversify their portfolios.

EFF Victory Results In Release Of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Opinion Finding NSA Surveillance UnConstitutional

For almost two years, EFF has been fighting the government in Federal court to force the public release of an 86-page opinion of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Issued in October 2011, the secret court’s opinion found that surveillance conducted by the NSA under the FISA Amendments Act was unConstitutional and violated “the spirit of” Federal law.

EFF: Court Rules Accessing a Public Website Isn’t A Crime, But Hiding Your IP Address Could Be

This article, written by staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury, was originally published on August 20, 2013 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In the ongoing legal battle between craigslist and 3taps, a new court opinion makes clear that people are “authorized” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to access a public website. But what the court gave with one hand […]

ProPublica Explains A Powerful Legal Tool, and Its Potential for Abuse

This story, written by Joaquin Sapien for ProPublica, was updated by the publication to include a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case of a Queens woman who says she was illegally held as a material witness in 2008. The 20-year-old document labeled the Hotel Custody log […]

Eric Holder And Rand Paul Finally Have Something On Which They Can Agree

Eric Holder And Rand Paul Finally Have Something On Which They Can Agree

Attorney General Eric Holder and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are two men most Americans don’t expect to see mentioned in the same sentence unless there is a rhetorical battle underway. But a recent Justice Department announcement could change that.

NRA Petitions Supreme Court For The Right Of Young Adults To Purchase Handguns

Citing a “categorical burden on the fundamental right to keep and bear arms,” the National Rifle Association is petitioning the Supreme Court to reverse decades-old regulations prohibiting the sale of handguns to people under the age of 21. The NRA’s petition to the Nation’s highest court challenges an October ruling handed down by the U.S. […]

Bradley Manning Cleared Of Aiding Enemy Charge, Still Faces Possible 150 Years In Prison

On Tuesday, a military judge acquitted Pfc. Bradley Manning of the serious charge of aiding the enemy which was levied against the serviceman for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military reports and diplomatic cables to the website Wikileaks. The aiding-the-enemy charge could have resulted in a sentence of up to life in prison or […]

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